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Emergency Planning Guide



With the severe weather in our part of the country over the past month, we thought it would be helpful for you and your family to have information on planning for an emergency.

Has your family discussed how you will handle a large-scale emergency?

What if you are at work, your spouse is stuck in traffic, your children are in school and you can't communicate with each other? Will everyone know what to do?

There is no way to completely plan for every emergency, but there are steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for different emergency scenarios

The first step your family can take is to purchase an emergency radio. One that does not rely on AC power to operate in case of a power outage.

Please understand, this page is not meant to alarm you. We want to make sure you have thought about what you can do BEFORE an emergency happens.

Tuning in

WTOP is a great emergency notification station, and your connection to the information you need in the event of a crisis. WTOP works hard behind the scenes to make sure its radio stations stay on the air through any emergency, natural or otherwise. WTOP has backup transmitting facilities and studios well outside of Washington, D.C.

Remember, you can tune in to WTOP on the following frequencies: 103.5 FM and 107.7 FM. You also can listen to WTOP online. WTOP's sister station, WFED, specializes in federal news. You can tune into WFED on 1500 AM and 820 AM, as well as listen online. In the event of a major national emergency, WFED will simulcast WTOP's programming.

Below are links and resources to help you prepare for various emergencies:

Helpful Links

FEMA's Guide to Emergencies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness"

includes facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Tornado Preparedness Tips

Other Types of Natural Disasters

Red Cross

Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home.

Prepare Your Home and Family

Prepare Your Workplace and Employees

Prepare Your School and Students

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC spells out safety issues and answers frequently asked questions about a number of different types of disasters and weather emergencies. The CDC's information can be viewed in multiple languages.

OPM: Emergency Guidance

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management spells out federal workers should handle emergency situations. Federal employees in the D.C. area can call 202-606-1900 to find out the government's status.

Make a Plan

Fairfax County

Fairfax County provides resources for how to prepare for natural disasters and how to recover.

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